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Report: Memorial Service for Haiti’s Orphans

In Church, Current Events, Family, General Interest, Scripture on March 25, 2010 at 4:30 pm

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After the devastating earthquake in Haiti, there are thousands of orphans who have truly lost everything. In one moment, all they knew was taken away. For many of these children, they have never had the chance to say goodbye.

Doug Phillips in cooperation with local pastors returned to Haiti earlier this month to organize a memorial service for more than 100 orphans.

To watch the moving video report on the Memorial Service, visit Doug’s vimeo page here.

My thanks  to Leclerc Brothers Motion Pictures for their assistance with the audio excerpts for today’s feature.

Ministry Profile: Mauck and Baker, LLC

In Church, Culture, General Interest on March 24, 2010 at 4:30 pm

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One of the things I love about my job is the opportunity to highlight ministries at work around the world which God is using in unique ways–both to spread the Gospel and build the Kingdom of God.

Recently, I had the privilege of spending some time at the law offices of Mauck and Baker, a Christian law firm in Chicago’s loop. They have a dynamic vision and God-honoring staff.

Guests include:

  • Whitman Brisky, Attorney at Mauck and Baker
  • Jeff Schwab, Associate Attorney at Mauck and Baker
  • David Dickmeyer, Administrative Support at Mauck and Baker
  • John Mauck, Attorney at Mauck and Baker
  • Cynthia Cunningham, Paralegal at Mauck and Baker
  • Lee McCoy, Associate Attorney at Mauck and Baker

For those in the Chicagoland area, Mauck and Baker is hosting a 1-day conference in June entitled: Church Empowerment 2010.  This event will take a look at a number of legal issues churches should be aware of as well as offer practical help to churches facing legal challenges.

Current Events: Health Care Bill’s Impact on Cost-Sharing Ministries

In Current Events, Family, General Interest on March 22, 2010 at 9:25 pm

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The top news story of the day is of course the passage of the health care bill so hotly debated over the last few months. The passage of the bill causes a number of concerns for faith-based clinics and doctors, but this feature takes a look at a unique ministry that may be impacted adversely by the bill as well.

James Lansberry is Vice President of Samaritan Ministries.

Audio excerpts of last night’s debate (Nancy Palosi and John Boehner) is courtesy of C-Span.

Study: The Social Costs of Pornography

In Church, Culture, Family on March 18, 2010 at 10:11 pm

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Most of us as believers understand the scriptural and moral grounds against using and/or producing pornography. There is a growing body of research which suggests that the use of pornography — especially Internet pornography — can damage people of all ages, negatively impacting relationships, productivity, and happiness (confirming what many religious advocacy groups have been stating for years).

A new study from the Witherspoon Institute entitled: The Social Cost of Pornography details the growing list of social problems caused by pornography.

Today’s guests include:

Mary Eberstadt, Research Fellow with the Hoover Institution and a primary drafter of the Witherspoon Institute Study
Mary Anne Layden, Director of the Sexual Trauma and Psychopathology Program at the Center for Cognitive Therapy, University of Pennsylvania

If you are interested in ministry resources for reaching out to those struggling with pornography addiction, click here.

Internet Extras:

Here is one part of the interview with Mary Eberstadt which wasn’t included in today’s feature on the use of the term “porn.”

Here is a portion of the interview with Mary Anne Layden which I couldn’t fit into today’s feature on what motivates pornography providers.

Here is a music video produced by one of my former students, Sam Sanchez. The video has been a powerful tool in convicting men secretly struggling with pornography and was featured in a CBS expose on Internet Pornography (viewer discretion advised):

Discussion: Affirming Our Daughters

In Church, Culture, Family, General Interest, Testimonies on March 16, 2010 at 8:19 pm

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Godly womanhood is under attack in our culture. How do we as dads protect and encourage our daughters in the midst of the battle? One part of the answer is strong relationships between fathers and daughters.

I recently attended a Father-Daughter Banquet hosted by the Christian Heritage Church of Orland Park, IL.  While there I spoke with Norm Wakefield, Founder and President of Spirit of Elijah Ministries, about affirming our daughters.

Norm has a number of resources on this topic, you can visit his website for more information.

Discussion: A Biblical View of Human Rights

In Church, Culture, Current Events, General Interest, Scripture on March 15, 2010 at 7:37 pm

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The term “Human Rights” is a key phrase used by religious leaders, politicians and social movements alike to motivate and sometimes manipulate public opinion and policy. There are many ways to think about the subject as we consider some of the important issues facing our society today.

I recently contacted George Crawford, a Christian judge in California and faculty member at the Master’s College, who presents his perspective on what the Bible has to say about the matter.

This feature is far from the final word, but will hopefully generate some great conversation in your own homes and community as you seek out what the Bible says about the topic.

If you’d like to hear a previous conversation I had with Mr. Crawford about the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights from last December, click here.

Science: Understanding Earthquakes

In Current Events, General Interest, History, Science on March 10, 2010 at 4:30 pm

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In the last few months we’ve seen the terrible destruction caused by large earthquakes in Haiti, Chile and now Turkey.

This feature comes from a conversation I had with two geologists about the forces at work in an earthquake and why they happen where they do.

Guests include:

Dr. Andrew Snelling, Geologist and Director of Research for Answers in Genesis and author of The Earth’s Catastrophic Past: Geology, Creation and the Flood (ICR, 2010)
Dr. Steve Austin, Senior Research Scientist and Chair of the Geology Department for the Institute for Creation Research. Author of the article “Earthquakes in these Last Days.”

The Red Envelope Project 2010

In Church, Culture, Current Events, Family, General Interest on March 8, 2010 at 10:32 pm

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Since last spring, the White House has received more than 3.5 million red envelopes. Each of these envelopes was empty and on the back a simple message stating that it represented one life terminated through abortion.

This grassroots campaign has brought many factions of the pro-life movement together as the envelopes piled up at the White House. Now a year later, the project is beginning again. Christ Otto is the project founder and organizer.

For more information, visit his blog page at: belonginghouse.org.

Book: The Masculine Mandate

In Church, Culture, Current Events, Family, General Interest, Scripture, Testimonies on March 5, 2010 at 4:30 pm

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There’s a deep felt need in the church today for “Christian Manhood,” but there are competing visions of what that means; from images of rugged individualism and wilderness quests, to appeals suggesting we get in touch with our feminine side.

What is often lacking is the simple question: “What does the Bible say?”  Richard Phillips is the author of a new book from the Reformation Trust that takes a look at this important topic.

The Logistics of Disaster Ministry

In Church, Culture, Current Events, General Interest on March 4, 2010 at 10:18 pm

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After the devastating earthquakes that occurred in both Haiti and Chile many around the world are moved with compassion to do something to help those affected. But when infrastructures are destroyed and governments are in confusion, how do ministries overcome some of these logistical challenges?

This feature looks at a few ministries involved in this aspect of relief work during the recent crisis in Haiti. Guests include:

Keith Stiles, Deployment Manager for the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team
Mark Burgess, Owner and Director of Burgess Aircraft Management